Even to the most seasoned traveller, the world of air traffic control remains largely a mystery. The Guide to Air Traffic Management Operations has been produced to assist our stakeholders and the broader public to understand how air traffic control works and to provide insights into everyday occurrences at airports.
Air traffic management includes the provision of operational services namely air traffic control (ATC), engineering and communications in airspace controlled by Ireland and the provision of the related air traffic technological infrastructure.
Air traffic control is used to manage the safe and orderly flow of aircraft into, out of, and across Irish airspace and at the three State airports, Cork, Dublin, Shannon. Our Air Traffic Controllers keep aircraft at safe distances from each other in the air and on the ground, while arranging them in an optimised order for landing or take-off along organised flight paths. We use systems and processes to remove the risk of collisions, while allowing the maximum number of aircraft to fly safely in our skies. As airspace gets busier, and at peak times, this becomes increasingly challenging.